Y3/4 Lesson 4 (Cycle A): Stereotyping: Gender

Learning that stereotypes are present in everyday life and children's toys can reinforce gender stereotypes.

Learning objective

  • To recognise that stereotypes are present in everyday life

Statutory guidance

Pupils should be taught: 

  • What a stereotype is, and how stereotypes can be unfair, negative or destructive.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:

Select pictures that have very obvious stereotypes for children to look at in the main event activity. (Y3)

May need help with understanding what a stereotype is and could benefit from books to help them with the activity. (Y4)

Pupils working at greater depth:

Children could be given adverts from the past so they can look at how stereotypes have changed over time (Y3)

Can be challenged to consider if there are differences between characters from traditional stories and older books and more modern stories – have stereotypes lessened over time? (Y4)



Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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